Chapter 3

Being a Learner

Real knowledge is to know the extent
of one's ignorance


An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest”, so said Benjamin Franklin, and how true. “Leaders are readers” goes another saying.

It has been well recognized for thousands of years that the secret to progress and happiness is learning. Wisdom is the combination of knowledge and experience.

All living beings start learning instinctively and rapidly at birth in order to survive. Almost all humans go through some formal education at school. This is often followed by more advanced education: By reading, watching, considering and responding to something, and even identifying, relating, understanding and applying what is learnt, you can gain a complete learning experience.

Most real education takes place in the school of life, which is why many successful people have only had a limited or even no formal education. However, in most spheres of life, formal education followed by continuous training and learning is becoming a necessity in order to keep up with the rapid pace of change.

Those who continuously reinvent or learn about themselves, others, work and life you can adapt better to change. A personal inventory of skills, likes and dislikes, and areas requiring attention can teach you important lessons of life.

If you stop learning, you

stop growing and start